The morale just got better among the civilian employees at Fort McCoy. They just learned that they’ll only have to take six unpaid furlough days off, instead of the 11 originally ordered under the automatic federal spending cuts.
The Pentagon said it found about one-and-a-half billion dollars in other savings, so the civilian furloughs can end early. Spokeswoman Linda Fournier said most of the 15-hundred civilian workers at Fort McCoy will end their furloughs by next week. She called it “welcome news,” although it’s tempered by a concern that another budget sequester will occur in the next fiscal year which begins in October. About 700 National Guard employees were also affected by the recent furloughs – which they had to deal with while staying constantly at-the-ready for emergencies.